BOSTON – The Archdiocese of Boston will lift a mask mandate for public Masses as of February 28.
Priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are no longer required to wear masks during the distribution of Communion, but the pastor may continue to require it if he wishes to do so.
Masks will also not be required in Parish Faith Formation programs as of February 28.
If a pastor decides that it is not yet time in his community for a dropping of a mask requirement, based on his knowledge of the needs of his particular community, he may continue to require the wearing of masks in his parish, announced the Archdiocese of Boston.
If the local municipality continues to require the wearing of masks in public places, the parish must comply with those regulations, said the Archdiocese of Boston in a statement on February 10.
Parishes are still required to maintain, mark, and communicate a portion of each worship space as being reserved for those who wish to wear masks and social distance.
Parishes are also encouraged to continue to exercise and encourage caution in all parish activities.